Vaughn Alviar

August 20, 2022 12:00:00

As development spreads across the archipelago and new normal arrangements take root, a number of new growth centers across the country are emerging, offering big potential and even greater possibilities.

Today, real estate developers are aggressively expanding their presence outside the metro and in the islands of Visayas and Mindanao, where they have begun creating mixed-use communities that offer residences near offices and commercial areas.

Case in point is the Sta. Lucia Group, which has in its portfolio an impressive mix of more than 250 developments catering to the varying needs and wants of Filipinos. Its listed firm, Sta. Lucia Land Inc., has long been ensuring that its buyers get top-notch housing units in premium neighborhoods near opportunities for progress. Here are some of those projects.

Valle Verde Cebu

Valle Verde Cebu is a 5.3-ha development on a scenic side of Mactan Island, overlooking the Mactan Channel. This Lapu-Lapu City project reinforces the island vibe, as though dwellers are on vacation every time they are home. Who would not be privileged to enter a cosmopolitan clubhouse with a swimming pool and basketball court? If that does not fill your cup, the golf club, restaurants and beach resorts are not far away.

This oasis is just beside the Marcelo Fernan Bridge, placing it near everything that makes Metro Cebu one of the most exciting metropolitan areas in the country—malls, hotels, hospitals, schools, workplaces, among others. The project is less than 3 km away from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, so the rest of the world is literally just minutes away.

Las Colinas

For your consideration, too, is Davao City. The Crown Jewel of Mindanao, also the biggest component of Metro Davao, has enjoyed tailwinds over the past years, emerging as one of the most attractive destinations in the country today. There, Sta. Lucia proudly offers Las Colinas, an opulent and lush paradise sanctuary where estate-sized lots, ranging from 500 sqm to 1,200 sqm, can be claimed.

The project is in Toril district’s Eden, the “Tagaytay of Davao” frequented by tourists for its climate and sweeping views of the Davao Gulf. The masterplanned community, 771 m above sea level, also showcases a 2.7-ha manmade lake, making it even more perfect for those who like to come home to views of nature.

Private and exclusive though it may be, the village won’t have you live like a recluse since it is near urban conveniences. Besides, inside the development is a clubhouse with a function hall, a swimming pool, a basketball court and a playground, all aiding dwellers in raising a warm and close-knit community.

La Alegria

La Alegria is another residential community, anchored on the magnificent Lake Aurora. This Sta. Lucia development reinforces the romance and sophistication innate to host city Silay, known as the “Paris of Negros” and the “cultural and intellectual hub” of the island. You get to live in classy homes with an opulent, soothing view of the waters. A clubhouse features a ballroom and coffee shop, aside from the gym, pool and covered court. Paradise Island has its own pool, gazebo, picnic area and lighthouse.

While providing a rustic appeal, it is in the heart of the city, just a 12-minute drive to the Bacolod-Silay International Airport and adjacent to banks, restaurants, supermarkets and more. Silay also belongs to Metro Bacolod in Negros Occidental, together with neighboring cities Talisay, Victorias and Bacolod, among others. Living in La Alegria, just as the name suggests, will give you the happiness you deserve.

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